News flash…

Hey folks, For those who read my post from last Friday and are curious about my next steps, I just received a message from the nurse practitioner of my surgery team at MD Anderson.

Sanguine thoughts

Dear friends and family, Greetings from Houston. It has been an interesting few days here at MD Anderson. It is Friday, and I’m lying on a standard adjustable hospital bed receiving a couple of units of blood because of anemia. For some reason, I’m low on hemoglobin, which is kinda important. We don’t know why…

Escape Room

Hello friends and family I hope each of you is well and enjoying the best of Spring. If you’ll recall, I wrote previously that I would be travelling to Houston for tests and appointments with physicians at MD Anderson. Well, that trip was last week, with a PET scan and MRI on Thursday, followed by…

Home again, home again

Well, another surgery and three night hospital stay is in the books. This one was particularly special because the day of surgery was my 24th anniversary with the amazing, and ever-improving, woman that sits by my side (or in waiting rooms) on this journey.  I’m now resting in the chair that isn’t occupied by the…

The Unusual Thing

“The unusual thing is that you’re still alive.” This is what my colorectal surgeon said to me last week as I sat upon an examination table with my head bowed down, trying to process the various symptoms I continue to experience since the surgery last month and how they impact my treatment options going forward….

Don’t Cross the Streams

Has it really been over a month since my last update? I suppose one could conclude that not much has occurred and thus there has been little to report. But au contraire!  I had to read my previous post to remember where things stood at the end of February.  I had just returned from Sarah…

Weird Science

Hi folks. It’s Friday, two days after we returned from Sarah Cannon in Nashville, where we had hoped I would be starting a new trial. Well, unfortunately, Tuesday wasn’t such a good day for Kim and me. When we collapsed into bed at the day’s end, Kim said, “Well, that was an ‘oof’ day,” with…

Extra Pickles, Please

Having driven countless times from Athens to Nashville since l began receiving treatment at Tennessee Oncology in the fall of 2016, Kim and I have developed a few routines. On our drive up, we consistently make the 316W to 85S to 285E to 75N leg without stopping until we reach Calhoun, where we pull off…

The Turning of Tables

Well, that didn’t work. As I’ve written previously, I took part in a phase 1 clinical trial at the drug development unit at Sarah Cannon Research Institute. We began on Nov 30, and I was essentially a human guinea pig for several weeks. In fact, we had to travel to Nashville for 6 straight weeks,…

Sunday at Home

How long has it been since I’ve posted? It seems like forever, though it has only been a few weeks. Well, a lot has happened the part few weeks – I’ve been pretty sick, and I haven’t been in the mood to share. Frankly, right now I’m so tired of fighting cancer that I’ve really…

Cycle 1, Week 3

Hey folks. I hope you all are well and are either getting some rest and good family time or are at least looking forward to it. I think our family reflects the latter; we’re hoping for some good down time. Cooper, he doesn’t know it yet, but I bought him a new chew toy so…

Cycle 1, Day 8

Dear friends and family, I hope you are staying dry and warm and are having a smooth start to the holiday season. Kim and I are in the car again, heading to Nashville for the third visit to a clinic to be treated as a human guinea pig. It has been a week since our…